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Hearts with Haiti & Michael Geilenfeld v. Paul Kendrick



Here is a portion of the U.S. Federal Court testimony of Michael Geilenfeld concerning Mr. Geilenfeld’s previously undisclosed private ownership of the land, buildings and contents of the three properties known as the St. Joseph’s Family of Homes in Haiti.

Nowhere in Hearts with Haiti or St. Joseph’s Family of Homes literature are donors advised that their tax deductible 501(c)(3) donations are being used for investments in land, property and furnishings that are personally and privately owned in Mr. Geilenfeld’s name.

As such, Mr. Geilenfeld has the legal right to sell and/or liquidate all donor purchased assets and deposit the cash proceeds into his personal bank account.

On July 22, 2015, Mr. Geilenfeld was cross examined by Attorney David Walker in U.S. federal court.

Q: Attorney Walker.

A: Mr. Geilenfeld.

Here is a portion of that exchange:

Q. When you testified previously in this case, I was asking you about ownership of the assets of the St. Joseph’s Homes.

A. Correct.

Q. I think I asked you who owned the beds and I believe your answer was that God owns the beds; do you recall that?

A. Yes.

Q. Can we clarify, sir, that you own the beds.

A. Legally, I own the beds.

Q. In fact, you own the whole operation, lock, stock and barrel, correct?

A. Legally, I own the whole operation, lock, stock and barrel, yes.

Q. As well as the bank accounts?

A. The bank accounts are all in my name.

Q. And the Haitian leadership that we’ve heard discussions about, the Haitian leadership only has whatever authority you choose to give them, correct?

A. Legally, yes.

A second time, he said, Geilenfeld touched him and put his mouth on his penis and later beat him because he rejected the man’s advances. He said Geilenfeld told him he’d have to make ‘a sacrifice’ if he wanted help in pursuing his dream of living in the U.S.

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Portland Press Herald Article – Jully 16, 2015
Man who lived in Haitian orphanage says in defamation trial that founder molested him


Comments as of 7/27/2015

Ruth Moore

Thank you Mr Madrigal for your courageous testimony in court involving your childhood abuse by Mr Geilenfeld. Because of your commitment and strength to tell the truth, others will gain the courage to speak publicly about the sexual abuse and the shame they endured as children.


Ruth, you just the kind of naive and brainless lemming that a lawyer would love to have on the jury.

Do you believe everything you read?


Dave, I am beginning to see why Thomas Doyle, when reviewing one of your books on Amazon, accused you of trashing the victims and why those folks who post on Catholics4Change revile you so much. 🙁


And you are just the kind of brainless lemming that Catholic clerics love to have speak out when their pedophilia is exposed.

CJ Plourde

Though I settled out of court with the Diocese in 1993, they continue to lie and cover for priests. I say this and know that just a few years ago they covered up the abuse a priest in Aroostook extended on my sister, and which led to his being driven out of our community. In a court proceeding from a woman who says she was abused by my brother in law, (my sister later met up with him and married him) when he was a priest in southern Maine, the Diocese claims they had no knowledge of his behaviour. Clearly, this is a lie. How many other boys were abused at St. Michaels, and by these pedophiles? I am willing to talk to any reporter.

CJ Plourde

I have my own story, about Portland Diocese, my pedophile/priest brother in law, and the Catholic Charities boy’s home I was in, St. Michael’s Center, in Bangor, Maine, and the abuse I suffered at the hands of a house parent, the staff psychologist, and Father David Cote, the director.


Trial Schedule / 

Tuesday July 21, 2015

Hearts with Haiti & Michael Geilenfeld v. Paul Kendrick

Judge John A.Woodcock, Jr., presiding

Michael Geilenfeld is a former Catholic Brother and member of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

8:30 a.m. / Trial resumes.
2:30 p.m. / Court recesses for the day
A schedule of the next day’s witnesses will be published each day.
Trial moved to:
U.S. Bankruptcy Court

537 Congress Street

2nd Floor

Portland, Maine 04101

For more information:

Michael J. Sweatt, Portland, ME, 207-831-3791

Pedophile : Discriminating Conduct of Some North American NGOs in Haiti.-

(this article can be found at:

The fight for justice for Haitian children, sexually abused by NGOs’ executives, leads some observers to question whether there is a pattern of behaviors akin to apartheid, discrimination and other biases underneath these executives’ worldview.

The case of Mr. Douglas Perlitz in Cap -Haitien and that of Mr. Michael Geilenfeld in Delmas illustrates some deeply held discriminatory views by the members of the Boards of Directors of “Haiti Fund” and “Heart with Haiti,” which unfortunately, results into apartheid-like approach to the sexual scandals that have plagued these NGOs and contempt for the alleged victims as human beings.

Over several decades, these NGOs, under the umbrella of philanthropy, have raised large amounts of funds to help the impoverished and the destitute children while they remain insensitive to the sexual assaults and plights, which have been thrust upon these young victims by the very executives who came to provide them with education, healthcare, shelter, etc.

The leaders of these NGOs remained supportive of those who have been accused of serially sexually abusing children under their care. They never considered it worthy, justified or even prudent to investigate, denounce, condemn and eventually stop the sexual abuse of those children. They would rather address the form of the revelations in lieu of considering the denunciation of those appalling and horrible on their own merits.

Strategically, the management of these two NGOs strives to break victims’ resistance through a war of attrition and by attacking their character when they paint them as liars and ingrates who dare protest or challenge the abuses they have sustained.

Advocates for justice against child abuse such as Cyrus Sibert and Paul Kendrick have been the subject of smear campaign and intimidations by M. Geilenfeld.

The pattern is obvious since we can remember so well during the intervention of Mr. Perlitz’ counsel at the U.S Federal Court in New Haven Connecticut, on December 21, 2010, when the counsel stated that Haiti is a poor country, stained by bacteria and diseases, and that the ignorance of its people hinders their ability to practice basic hygiene principles. He claimed that the victims were predisposed to sexual misconducts and that someone else would have committed the offenses, and that Mr. Perlitz, somehow, was belittled for having sex with these destitute children.

The sitting judge on the Federal Court of Connecticut had to remind the counsel that he could defend his client without insulting Haiti and its people. Many broke in tears hearing a foreigner presenting Haiti as a pariah, a rotten state deserving good laws and institutions, and that its people were naturally stripped of their pride and dignity.

Today, in this new struggle between us and the NGO “Heart with Haiti,” we wonder why is it so difficult for the leaders of that NGO to recall one of their representatives accused of pedophilia. Why is it so hard for an NGO to call for an internal review to discover the truth, to cooperate with the law, and to redeem itself ?

Why it is morally acceptable for the NGO, “Heart with Haiti” to elect to back a man accused of pedophilia, a suspect of multiple sexual assaults on children in his care? Why is this NGO striving to impose on the Haitian society a missionary accused of pedophilia while in the United States the suspect would be prohibited from areas frequented by children? Why is that over 30 years, accusations of sexual predations on children have consistently pointed toward Mr. Geilenfeld?


Over the years, more specifically, in 1987, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2003 and 2010, some young Haitians came forward to speak out against crimes of sexual abuses, human trafficking, and pedophilia, which have plagued the St. Joseph Orphanage of Delmas 91. However, the NGO’s rationale on the relationships between a human being and a poor from Haiti led to contempt and overbearing. The North Carolinian NGO has scrupulously ignored the cries of the victims and insisted, by all means, to keep the suspected sex predator as the executive manager of that orphanage while this man continued, undisturbed, committing the repeat of pedophilia. The suspect has used his privilege and money to exploit public officials and weaken further an already weak justice system in Haiti.

These NGOs always boast and clamor their love for the impoverished children of Haiti. Would their managers accept that their own children attend a school or sports club run by a multiple accused of sexual assaults, especially, on children? Why have the officials of “Heart with Haiti” found it excessive the activism of Cyrus Sibert and Paul Kendrick riling against those practices and calling for justice for the victims of child exploitation, yet have spent roughly half a million dollars to provide the suspect with a strong legal defense team and other experts to burnish his image? Would this imply that the victims are underserving of any kind of support?

What lesson do they want to teach in Haiti? Are they suggesting that if one of their missionaries is accused of abusing sexually poor children, they will, unconditionally, defend and protect the suspect until he prevails?

Certainly they have considered Haitian children as inferior beings as they have stripped them of their inherent rights, and frankly, failed to see them through the lenses of human being.

Should we accept helplessly such a situation of degradation of the children of Haiti?

Some files related to the operation of the St. Joseph Orphanage of Delmas 91 reveal that, John Duarte, priest and co-executive of that orphanage, was arrested and convicted in Canada of pedophilia committed in Haiti. Other visitors who stayed at the orphanage such as Mr. Michael Brower and Mr. Philip Norris are known or have been prosecuted for sexual abuse of children. Recently, it was revealed that the pedophile Association NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) maintained an excellent relationship with the St. Joseph Orphanage and has raised money on the latter’s behalf.

How can it be explained to the officials of the NGO “Heart with Haiti” that something is wrong at the St. Joseph Orphanage and that the responsible and right thing to do would be to first recall their representative, Mr. Geilenfeld; and call for a thorough and serious investigation, make public the results of such an investigation, and finally, work with law enforcement while supporting the young alleged victims?

Research shows that victims of human trafficking and sexual abuses bear the scars throughout their lives and that the pedophiles tend to commit a repeat the offence. Also, the side effects and the trauma hardly disappear over time. As a result, our support for the victims must not be deterred until we reinstate them as full members of society.

The arrest of Mr. Geilenfeld which has occurred on September 5 is a positive message sent by the Haitian government to those NGOs willing to always offer the Haitian people before a done deal. To these people who consider Haitian children as sex objects and sex slaves stripped of their beings, the Haitian government has just shown that it can set the rules of the game. The Ministries of Planning and that Interior must assess the responsibility, accountability, and social impacts of these NGOs before renewing their license to operate. Leaders of NGOs using the humanitarian umbrella as a Trojan horse while having no respect for our people ought to be deported.

Humanitarian aid cannot be carried out in atmosphere akin to apartheid and contempt of beneficiaries. Even the poor children of Haiti deserve to be treated like children with inherent rights and human dignity without prejudice or racial discrimination.

We commend the courage of the Haitian government, and much specifically the Haitian justice for its decisive actions suggesting that Haiti can stand up against a suspected criminal no matter how powerful he might be.

Cyrus Sibert, Cap-Haïtien, Haïti
19 septembre 2014

District of Maine G6 Version 6.1

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hearts with Haiti & Michael Geilenfeld v. Paul Kendrick

Judge John A.Woodcock, Jr., presiding

8:30 a.m. / Courtroom 2 / Opening Statements by Attorneys for Plaintiffs and Defendant

10:30 a.m.  /  Plaintiffs’ first witness / According to Attorney Peter DeTroy, witnesses may include:
Bill Nathan, St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, Haiti
Shelley Wiley, Hearts with Haiti
Walnas Cangas, St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, Haiti
Paul Kendrick, Freeport, Maine

2:30 p.m. / Court recesses for the day

We will publish a schedule of the next day’s witnesses by 6:00 pm each day.

Plaintiffs expect to present witnesses for two weeks, followed by one week for Defendant’s presentation.

U.S. District Court
156 Federal Street
Portland, Maine 04101

Hearts with Haiti & Michael Geilenfeld v. Paul Kendrick

Brother Michael Geilenfeld first came to Haiti as a member of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

We have a moral contract with every child.

Children have rights, too.

If you see something, say something.

Children have the right to be protected from the violence of physical and sexual abuse.

In his February 20th “Sanctions Order,” a federal Judge in Maine has ordered me to pay reasonable legal fees to a multi accused child molester’s lawyers as reimbursement for their labors to prepare the sanctions motions against me.

In other words, the Judge wants me to pay money from my wife’s and my savings account to the very same people (multi accused child molester’s lawyers) who hid behind the Court’s confidentiality order to keep secret timely and urgent information:
1) When confronted by a visitor, orphanage director, Michael Geilenfeld, expressed no concern that a pedophile member of NAMBLA was occupying his own private bedroom at Geilenfeld’s orphanage in Haiti and;
2) Compelling and shocking evidence that U.S. Embassy and USAID officials stationed in Port au Prince conspired with Geilenfeld, Geilenfeld’s lawyers and Geilenfeld’s U.S. non profit board members (Hearts with Haiti), for the sole purpose of obstructing justice and hindering a criminal investigation of child sexual abuse allegations against Geilenfeld in Haiti.

On September 5. 2014, Geilenfeld was arrested by Haitian National Police on criminal charges that include the sexual assault of minor children in Haiti. Geilenfeld is being detained at Haiti’s National Penitentiary.

I cannot in good conscience write a check to people who kept secret information that adversely affects the safety, protection and well being of children.

I will not pay these lawyers one cent.

If so ordered by the Judge, I will sit in a jail cell.

However, as a compromise, I will make a donation to a trust that will then distribute the funds to Word & Action, a Miami based non-profit, whose mission is to bring education and awareness about child sexual abuse to the Haitian people and to provide culturally competent counseling and therapy services to victims of child sexual abuse and their families in the Haitian community.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers have until Friday, March 6th, to submit their “bill” to the Judge.

I have seven days to respond.

Paul Kendrick
Freeport, ME



A former Wayne, Maine special education teacher who videotaped himself sexually assaulting young boys, including two with developmental disabilities, was sentenced in federal court Friday to 65 years in prison.

Patrik Ian Arsenault, 28, stood silently as U.S. District Court Judge John A. Woodcock Jr. imposed the sentence. Woodcock said the former teacher used his talents of helping special needs children, and earning the trust of grateful parents, to get the children alone and commit “unspeakable acts.”

Arsenault, a former special education teacher, videotaped himself sexually assaulting young boys, two of whom have developmental disabilities

“Yours has been the worst sexual crime I’ve seen in 11 years on the bench,” Woodcock said. “It was an extraordinary breach of trust. I really don’t know how to speak to you about an unspeakable crime,” Woodcock said during the sentencing hearing.

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Judge Woodcock is the presiding judge in the federal defamation lawsuit against child protection activist, Paul Kendrick, of Freeport, Maine.

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